Rangers will have to wait if they want to lure Tottenham youngster Dom Ball back to Ibrox after he was told to report back for Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino has told the 20-year-old centre-back to report back to the London outfit’s Enfield training base for pre-season early next month.
The Argentinian plans to run the rule over the defender – who can also fill a holding midfield role – before deciding if he is likely to figure in his plans for the new campaign or whether Ball should be farmed out on loan once again for the final year of his Spurs contract.
Both Gers boss Mark Warburton and Ball have previously said they would be happy to link up at Ibrox again next term after the youngster helped Rangers to the Ladbrokes Championship title during his initial 12-month stint in Glasgow.
But a source close to the player told Press Association Sport there could be competition from clubs in England.
He said: “Dom’s going back to do pre-season with Spurs, if he comes back to Scotland on loan it will be with Rangers.
“I’m sure Rangers would take him back but Pochettino is going to have a look at him during pre-season and then discuss his options from there.
“However, it’s not certain he will come back to Scotland as there are a few clubs in England who would be interested in taking him next year.”
Ball has been forced to go on the road to gain first-team experience, with his route to Pochettino’s starting line-up blocked by Belgian international pair Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
He spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan at League Two Cambridge United before moving north last summer as he and fellow Spurs recruit Nathan Oduwa joined up with Gers.